Android 15 Poised for Enhanced Spatial Audio via Bluetooth LE


Reports suggest Android 15 is set to elevate the spatial audio experience on smartphones. This upgrade hinges on the adoption of Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio technology, according to mobile developer Mishaal Rahman.

Currently, Android lacks support for Dynamic Spatial Audio using Bluetooth LE. This technology requires head-tracking sensors in compatible headsets alongside a smartphone configured for low-latency Bluetooth. While some might worry about its impact on battery life, Bluetooth LE reportedly offers advantages in this area.

Rahman points to an announcement made by Google at its developer conference. The company revealed that Android 15 will introduce support for Bluetooth LE Audio, specifically to enhance spatial audio on smartphones.

Karthic Veera, Product Manager for Android Media and Camera, elaborated on the benefits. By switching from Bluetooth Classic Audio to Bluetooth LE, users can expect “lower head-tracking latency and better bandwidth utilization for an even more immersive experience.”

Beyond Spatial Audio: A Look at Beta Features

Following Google I/O, the company released Android 15 Beta 2 to select devices. This update introduces a new privacy and security feature called “Private Space,” allowing users to create a secure section on their phones to hide apps.

Security enhancements are also part of the Beta 2 update. These include “Theft Detection Lock,” which can automatically lock the phone upon detecting “abrupt motion that could indicate theft.” Additionally, “Offline Device Lock” automatically locks the phone when the user disables internet access.